In our last London Collections: Men preview, we get to know a new side of Mr Hare as the designer unveils a debut ready-to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2016

Mr. Hare makes a bold move this LC:M, the British shoe label moving to a full ready-to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2016. His eponymous shoe line founded back in 2008, Marc Hare has made fine, Italian-made shoes a more modern prospect; taking traditional styles and adding his own unique take on ‘fancy.’ Starting out in marketing, consulting for the likes of Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Dr. Martens and Levi’s, Hare has experienced the industry from all sides. Today, he is a designer. Unveiling his first ever full line, we get a teaser look inside the Mr. Hare wardrobe.

Tell us a little about your preparation for Spring/Summer 2016, when did it all begin and what was the starting point?

It all began back at Christmas 2014 when I decided Mr. Hare shoes were going to have full outfits so I could show how the shoes should to be rocked, in my mind. It also meant I could do Spring/Summer first which is not only my favourite part of the year and climate, but it also throws up just the kind of weather/sartorial challenges I was keen to address.

How would you summarise your Spring/Summer 2016 collection?

Alternative choices to the smart/hot weather conundrum that plagues the western world. AKA, Fly garments to rock in the hot sunshine.

Can you give us an insight into some of the details?

Low maintenance but fancy and cool fabrics with interesting surface detail and colour for making the most of the summer light.

Who did you have in mind when designing the collection? And would you say you generally design for yourself or others?

I do selfishly design for myself because I am quite a functional guy, so I like solving problems as I see them. I also know there are guys out there who want to go beyond the blazer and shirt solution to dressing up so, although I have myself in mind, I am designing for everyone else who thinks the way I do.

Is there one piece you’re really excited to unveil?

Every one of the pieces to be honest, but the Smoking length silken Kung-fu jacket is a particular favourite that I hope will change the cocktail wardrobe forever.

Anyone else on the schedule you’re looking forward to checking out?

Cottweiller and Craig Green.

Catch the rest of our London Collections: Men previews.


Words by Lena Dystant
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